- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

CALHOUN, Ga. (AP) - Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s fire science program is ending after two years of declining enrollment.

President Pete McDonald tells the Rome News-Tribune (https://bit.ly/29ymfpN) that the program has had fewer than 10 students each semester since 2014, and with so few students enrolled, it wasn’t financially feasible to sustain it.

The program was only offered at GNTC’s Gordon County campus in Calhoun.

Rome-Floyd County Fire Department Chief Troy Brock says Gordon County Fire Department used the program to find certified firefighters.

He says Rome hired graduates of the GNTC program in the past to fill vacancies, but not recently.

GNTC’s fire science graduates were Firefighter 1-certified upon completing the program, however Brock says those looking to work in Floyd County had to undergo additional weeks of training under Rome’s firefighter requirements.

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Information from: Rome News-Tribune, https://www.romenews-tribune.com

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